Administrator's Monthly Update

Peggy Larson

A message from Peggy Larson
District Administrator

Transportation Contract Update:
The District received three bids for transportation services on June 3, 2019. The bids came from Lamers, Kobussen Buses, LTD, and Northern Express Bus Services. The bids were opened in a public meeting. We have yet to make a decision regarding which company to contract with for next school year. Our current transportation providers did not provide the District with a formal bid.

Background on transportation services.
The Finance Committee of the Board of Education has been meeting with Winneconne Bus Contractors since October 16, 2018. Our attempts to negotiate came to a halt this spring. Contractors proposed an 8.5% increase in year one, 2.5% increase in year 2, and 3.5% in year 3 (14.5% increase over 3 years). In addition, they requested a 10% increase for Suburbans (base and mileage). The District counter offered at 2% each year for the next 5 years (10% increase over 5 years). This was rejected by our local contractors, and they no longer wished to negotiate. It should be noted that based on a survey of Districts within an approximate 25-mile radius, area bus contracts have settled anywhere between 1.0% and 2.2% each year for three-to-five year contracts. With the district and the bus contractors so far apart, the Board of Education decided it had to seek out other options.

Thank you for reading this article. We will keep you informed on our transportation services. If you ever have questions about my article or our school district, feel free to contact me at (920) 582-5802 ext. 3141.

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